Instruments that Yatiri uses













The Siku (panpipes) is an ancient indigenous wind instrument that is native to the highlands surrounding Lake Titicaca, between Peru and Bolivia . The Siku is made of bamboo and produces the most characteristic sound of the Andes . The modern Siku is capable of playing a full scale and is used as a solo instrument, while traditional Sikus were played in pairs. Depending on size, the Siku is known by different names which may vary from place to place. Intermediate in size, the most popular Siku is the Malta . The smallest Siku is the Ika and twice the size of the Malta is the Sanka .

The Quena (flute) is a traditional wind instrument that is made from bamboo and wood. This instrument is a vertical flute which has a notched end with six sound holes in front and one on the back. This instrument is still used in its original form in remote regions of the Andes , however, modern version of this flute have been customised to suit modern standard tuning. The Quena produces warm soft tones as well as clear sharp ones.

The Quenacho is similar to the Quena but slightly bigger. This instrument produces lower tones than the Quena.


The Antara is similar to the Siku but only has one line of pipes. Although modern Antaras are made of Bamboo, they were once made of several types of clay-like muds, fired to achieve hardness, with some taking on a terra-cotta appearance.



The Charango is a string instrument that was developed by the Incas in the Andes after the Spaniards introduced string instruments in the 16 th century. The Charango is the only stringed instrument native to the Andes and was made of Armadillo shell, but the modern version is made of wood. This instrument has 10 strings and is rather small in size.